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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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3 responses to “On Open Source Cloud Adoption”

  1. Roman Tarnavski

    Hi Ben,

    Am glad to see OpenStack + CloudStack start to feature more prominently in the decisions of organisations.

    I just went through some of the report, and a few points to note that I believe are critical prior to any analysis or opinion can be derived from their findings.

    “628 members of the Zenoss open source IT management community took part”
    Vast majority of whom are System Administrators. Having personally come from such a background, the skew towards OSS is an inevitable coupling for those that ‘tinker’+extend. Especially given that these admins were already well en route to preferring vim over word, given they’re part of of the OS community.

    23% are deploying KVM. This to me devalues the surveys ‘findings’. It’s not representative not only of your typical test+dev shops which inevitably drive the adoption upwards towards enterprises; but the latter, are not in any way evaluating KVM in even single digit % points.

    The discrepancy between latter parts of it and executive summary, completely flip OpenStack and CloudStack ‘considering to deploy’ numbers.

    Majority of OSS decisions have traditionally been made on ‘perceived’ cost. The equating of vendor lock-in as the antithesis of open and flexible is simply not correct.

    I love OSS, and happily apply it where it’s appropriate. But this report is rubbish.